A new addition to the family and how to freshen your towels!

It seems like every weekend is busier than the last! Seriously! For two little days I sure seem to pack a lot in! ¬†I am sorry I haven’t written. There has been A LOT going on. Father’s day, garden work, life stuffs, AND a new addition! That is right, I am an Auntie again!!! I am so very excited! (okay, I’ll chill with the !)

The corn is growing!!

The corn is growing!!

Last weekend I recreated a salad I made at the cabin the weekend before, and it came out great, I can’t wait to share the recipe with you. I also made a delicious french toast bake, it was SO good. (Also will share that recipe soon)

Exciting new salad I made!

Exciting new salad I made!

Also, Cicadas are everywhere! As in, we can’t drive with the windows down because they are flying into the car!! Gross!!!!!!

Remainder of a cicada

Remainder of a cicada

This past week we went strawberry picking, which was a lot of fun. However, challenging it might have been. ūüėČ Nah, really, my sister and I rocked that patch! ¬†And last but not least, I found a way to freshen my towels. ¬†¬†I tossed some baking soda in with the towels (1Cup for a large load) along with my regular soap, extremely¬†hot water and set them to the regular wash cycle then dry as normal. ¬†Low and behold, they are like brand new!! I’m not saying they weren’t prefect….. but…. ummmm…… Someone in the house (and by someone I mean Mister C) likes to put wet towels in the hamper, and we KNOW what that does… It is more than my anal retentive heart can bear, luckily the baking soda did the trick and all is well again. I had been trying different methods for MONTHS so I am so glad to have finally found a solution!

 

My beautiful and fresh smelling towels

My beautiful and fresh smelling towels

Clean Your Stove Burners, No Scrubbing Involved

My stove takes a beating, a serious one. ¬†Between canning, jamming, pickling, preserving, and all the day to day cooking, I put it through a lot! ¬†I was on pinterest (shocker right?) and I saw a pin for easy cleaning using ammonia and I was completely¬†intrigued, I rushed right out and bought ammonia. ¬†4 weeks went by and I still hadn’t done it, what can I say, there has been a lot going on and the stove seems to always be in use. Finally I declared I had waited long enough, and I would take the plunge and do it! Honestly, it couldn’t be any easier, this is the best thing ever! I didn’t take a before picture and I wish I had, in fact I didn’t even think of it untill they were all wrapped up lol.

Spankin new burners!

Spankin new burners!

There are two ways you can do it. One burner at a time in a big Ziplock freezer bag, or all together in a bucket. I opted to do them all together in a bin, it just seemed easier to me. ¬†You don’t need to cover the burners with ammonia, just use 1/4 cup per burner.

Looking pretty!

Please don’t tell Ruhlman I did this to my side towels. I swear I didn’t dry the burners on them, only placed for a photo!

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup ammonia per burner (it’s gonna smell a little)
  • Container or large zip lock or brining bag (if using a container without a lid, you CAN wrap the container in plastic wrap, like the entire thing, and it totally works. Yes, that is what I did. I laid out a bunch of plastic wrap on the floor of my kitchen and proceeded to wrap th entire container neatly and orderly ensuring no seams were exposed.
  • A healthy dose of patience
This is what they looked like when I opened it up. Gross!!!

This is what they looked like when I opened it up. Gross!!!

This is what my bucket looked like

This is what my bucket looked like

How to do it:

  • Choose your vessel and decide whether you are cleaning the burners all together or separately
  • Add 1/4Cup ammonia per burner
  • Add Burner(s)
  • Seal and put outside or away from little people or animals
  • Wait 12-24 hours (grill food for dinner)
  • While wearing gloves, open them up, and dump the ammonia and nastiness. ¬†It is best to do this in a tub or outside. ¬†The ammonia will smell rather strongly, so it’s best to keep your face turned in the other direction
  • Rinse off under running water. If you see any pieces that need a little help, just rub them off with your gloved hand
  • Make sure they are rinsed really well, and then allow to dry and put back into action!
  • It’s THAT easy!
I am in LOVE with this method!

I am in LOVE with this method!

I did my burners just after breakfast on a Saturday and unearthed them just before breakfast the following day, so they sat about 24 hours, you can wait as little as 12 hours though. You can set them on top of each other, I did offset them a bit, and they were fine.  You have to give this a try!

Weekend Fun in Pictures And A Family Picnic

My weekends usually involve a lot of cooking, cleaning, gardening, and more cooking and cleaning. Gone are the days of lazily lying in the Palm Beach sun enjoying a orange frosty thing from 7-11 with grey goose added in. Oh yes, those days are GONE!

Olivia is the 3rd from the left!

Olivia is the 3rd from the left!

 

My sister Becky and Newphew Connor, heading up to the picnic!

My sister Becky and Newphew Connor, heading up to the picnic!

Lucky for me, I still enjoy myself, ¬†it is just in a different way. ¬†This weekened however, was busier than most. Saturday was a really busy day for me. First thing in the morning we had my niece Olivia’s preschool graduation! Can you believe it? She graduated preschool already!! How crazy is that? ¬†Seems like I was just holding her in the hospital…. ūüôā

How adorable is my neice Taylor?

How adorable is my niece Taylor?

Uncle Chris and Taylor building sand castles

Uncle Chris and Taylor building sand castles

 

After that we headed up to lake taghkanic state park with my sister and brother in law for a family picnic. We rode up in their camper, which makes for a great way to travel!  It was a beautiful ride and a beautiful day. We really lucked out weather wise.  Not too hot with a nice breeze.  Tons of delicious food, and I got to see  my cousins who I rarely ever see becuase they live down south.  It was a great day over all!  By the time the day was over and we were home it was time for bed. (and my phone died lol)

MY sister Becky and I

MY sister Becky and I

Sunday was a day for working in the garden. I planted some more flower seeds and pulled weeds; not exactly glamorous, but it’s needed! (No cicadas at my house yet, thank heavens! ) Also I got my first strawberry this weekend, yay!!! It was SO delicious! Really flavorful and ecellent! The cucumbers are growing well and zucchini is just starting to sprout. Broccoli is also sprouting now! Pretty much everything is up and going besides the green beans and fall squashes. I’m ok with that, everything has it’s own timing. ¬†ūüôā

Connor Cuteness!

Connor Cuteness!

 

The Lake

The Lake

How was your weekend? Was the weather nice where you live? Did you make anything good to eat? I would love to hear about it!

First Strawberry from my garden!

First Strawberry from my garden!